Frequently Asked Questions On Endodontic Treatment:
What are the benefits of endodontic treatment?
Endodontic treatment saves teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the best option. Occasionally a tooth cannot be saved if the decay is too huge or if the trauma sustained was too severe. Endodontic treatment can be performed only if the root canals are accessible and can be adequately cleaned and sealed. The tooth must also have sufficient bone support.
How many appointments are necessary?
Usually root canal treatment can be completed in one or two times. Sometimes it may need more visits depending on the complexity and severity of disease.
How long will the teeth last after root canal treatment?
With proper restoration and dental care such as proper brushing and flossing, regular dental check-up, it may last a lifetime. After the completion of endodontic treatment, your dentists will usually advise on a restoration, for instance a crown that protects the tooth from future fracture.
Is the procedure painful?
Endodontic treatment does not cause pain; in fact it relieves it. When you have a severe toothache, the toothache is most likely due to damaged tissues in the tooth. Endodontic treatment removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel. Before treatment, local anesthetic will be given thus there will be no pain during the procedure.
Will there be pain after procedure?
There may cause some tenderness after root canal treatment. But taking some painkillers can relieve the discomfort. If pain persists longer than advised, you may call your dentist or arrange for a review appointment.
Can the endodontic treatment fail?
Endodontic treatment can have success rate of up to 90% in general. However failure can occur if:
If endodontic treatment fails, it may need endodontic surgery or extraction. Root canal retreatment may be considered in certain cases.
- The affected tooth develops decay again underneath the core/crown due to ineffective oral hygiene
- The tooth cracks due to failure to place a crown
- Severe gum disease develops